CARS HOMES JOBS
 

Film funded by fans doesn’t pay off

Friday, July 25, 2014
When Zach Braff took to Kickstarter to fund his new movie, “Wish I Was Here,” he explained to fans where their money would go: It would ensure his creative control, allow him to cast the actors he wanted, and enable him to shoot in Los Angeles, rather than someplace cheaper.
 
Rumpled Hoffman fine in spy story

Rumpled Hoffman fine in spy story

Friday, July 25, 2014
“A Most Wanted Man” is not a guns-and-motorcycles spy story but a shadowy walk down a dark alley.
 

Bizarre, entertaining ‘Lucy’ won’t stretch your brain

Friday, July 25, 2014
So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity.
 
'Foodies' share their passion in the blogosphere
NISKAYUNA

'Foodies' share their passion in the blogosphere

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Three Niskayuna residents have found ways to elevate the act of cooking and eating one’s food to an experience that can build and strengthen a community.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Fantasy alive with amazing Momix troupe

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Momix Artistic Director Moses Pendleton uses every theatrical technique known and invents even more to create his otherworldly universes. He is also blessed with an incredibly skilled troupe of 11 dancers whose athleticism and physical beauty astound.
 

Hearth & Home

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Kitchen fireplace draws couple to Knower house
 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.

‘Living on Love’ delights in language

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The full house had a ball at Sunday’s matinee, and if you can score a ticket, you will as well.
 
ALBANY

Mars show delights all ages

Monday, July 21, 2014
Bruno Mars is immensely entertaining, and his performance Sunday night at the Times Union Center was a state-of-the-art arena concert. It had the same energy as his half-time show during the Super Bowl, but lasted the whole concert.
 
Mellow Taylor brings intimacy  to SPAC show
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Mellow Taylor brings intimacy to SPAC show

Sunday, July 20, 2014
There were no amazing moments, no jaw-dropping solos, the songs didn’t arc to a crescendo and then fall — instead it was all about pleasant, serene songs, delivered patiently and with clarity.
 

Lanie’s Cafe offers dishes for almost every taste

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Lanie’s offers a wide-ranging, moderately priced menu in a casual, suburban shopping center setting. It’s been owned and operated by Dan and Lanie Lansing since 2001. It has a well-earned reputation for good food
 

A welcoming community

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Holy Name
of Jesus PNCC has historic tradition in Schenectady
 
Ballet 2014 serves up lively duets by City Ballet dancers

Ballet 2014 serves up lively duets by City Ballet dancers

Friday, July 18, 2014
If you didn’t get enough of New York City Ballet during its all-too-brief week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, then hightail it to Jacob’s Pillow.
 
Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Polanski’s ‘Venus in Fur’ an inside job

Friday, July 18, 2014
The combination of director and subject material in “Venus in Fur” is wickedly perverse, just as it should be. Polanski and David Ives’ award-winning play are a match made if not in heaven, then surely in some demon’s dungeon.
 
‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

‘Tape’ needs to be erased from viewers’ memory

Friday, July 18, 2014
The cinematic equivalent of herpes, “Sex Tape” is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful.
 
Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Unpolished sequel falls well short of original

Friday, July 18, 2014
The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco’s 2013 sleeper hit “The Purge” was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder “purge;” it was that this hell night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly liberal people above this annual bloodletting, immune to its impact, but benefiting and even profiting from the mayhem — until it invades their community and their homes.
 
 

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